7.079 A Typical Korean At-Home Meal

7.079

24 (Thu) March 2016

A Typical Korean At-Home Meal

1.5

by W’s aunt

+ Mideum Banchan [takeout]

at home

-Apgujeong, Seoul-

with the family

Holy Week Holiday, Day 1.

In Seoul.  Spending the long weekend, including Maundy Thursday (today) and Good Friday (tomorrow), at home.  Flying back Sunday.

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At the back of the supermarket across the street from home…
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…a wide variety of banchan for sale…
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…on sale, late in the day.

The idea of purchasing pre-cooked banchan would’ve seemed far-fetched until maybe 30 years ago.  But during the 90s, when mothers began to work, and grandmothers began to live apart from the nuclear family — the men, of any generation, completely useless to fill the void; even today, Korean men who cook like to boast about how progressive they are in doing so, although the boasting per se, which implies that cooking remains a woman’s task, reveals that they remain regressive in principle — banchan stores started to spread.  Now, they’re entirely mainstream, at least one in every neighborhood.

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Meh.

No longer living at home-home these days, I find the typical Korean at-home meal (see most recently 6.312 A Typical Korean…) to be quite comforting upon my occasional return.

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